Daniels, Picard Push Women’s Hockey Past Union, 3-0

Harvard's top line tallied all seven points for the Crimson (Gil Talbot).

SCHECTENADY, N.Y. – Harvard women's hockey ended its weekend in New York on a high note, shutting out Union, 3-0, on Saturday afternoon at Messa Rink.

Junior Sydney Daniels tallied two goals to lead the Crimson offense while matching a career-high with three total points. The brace was Daniels' fourth in the past seven games. Senior Michelle Picard also found the back of the net, and recorded two points for the third time this season. Harvard outshot the Dutchwomen, 37-23, with senior Emerance Maschmeyer recording her fifth shutout of the season en route to earning the victory.

Daniels opened the scoring at 2:41 in the first period when she tipped a shot from senior Miye D'Oench into the lower left corner. The goal was Daniels' 14th of the season, while D'Oench tallied her 19th helper. Picard started the play along the boards, and was credited her eighth assist of the season.

Union was called for consecutive penalties at the 11-minute mark in the first frame, and the Crimson capitalized on the 5-v-3 opportunity with a goal off the stick of Picard. Daniels and sophomore Karly Heffernan centered to the blue liner, and Picard was able to slide it across the line before the Dutchwomen could clear. The score was the second of the season for Picard, and Daniels and Heffernan added their ninth and 13th assists, respectively.

Playing shorthanded following a penalty, Daniels stole a Union pass and broke out in transition before firing a laser into the upper corner to give Harvard a 3-0 lead. The goal was Daniels' second of the contest, and was Harvard's first shorthanded goal since Oct. 31, against Rensselaer.

The Crimson is unbeaten in its past five games, and closes the ECAC Hockey regular season with road contests at Colgate and Cornell Feb. 19-20. The latter will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.